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on capitol hill even among republicans. the question is his past views on several issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to step down. he laid out his own plan for dealing with syria's civil war. a u.s. state department spokeswoman says assad's plan is
agencies here in israel and we have talked to a few of them is that this particular research facility has been a facility that they know has been part of a chain of facilities that syria runs that have been trying to create unconventional weaponry. we are talking chemical weapons. however we are told this particular facility didn't have chemical weapons in it. however it was in a link. something that would help them move, for example, weaponry around. this facility we are hearing from intelligent sources was one in which very large missiles were made to be smaller so they could be transported. that is the key here. a lot of worry in israel that the weapons in syria are being transported across the border to lebanon into the hands of hezbollah which is a known enemy of israel. >> real quick here, sara. do we know if the syrians are threatening now to retaliate? >> they have given some inkling that it was unacceptable, b barbaric as they put it. we are not hearing the heightened language you often here targeted at israel. we heard it from iran. iran basically saying through their media that
't like statements on israel and iraq and afghanistan. here's ted cruz of texas. >> if hague sell nominated, it is very difficult to imagine the circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> it's not just cruise, lindsey graham says hagel's views on the middle east, especially toward israel cause him a lot of concern. >> chuck hagel would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history, not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel. he was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. this is an in your face nomination by the president. >> last week the pro gay rights group took out this ad in the new york times, the head of the group told don lemon why his organization thinks hagel is the wrong man for the pentagon's top job. >> this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring implementat
's history at least according to some republicans and some democrats is not what they would call pro-israel enough. and there are some questionable comments made a while back about the so-called jewish lobby as he called it. he has to answer questions about that, about some votes on sanctions against iran soy think that's going to be question number one out there. there are some in the lesbian and gay community who question the comments he made about an ambassador who was gay and questioned his credentials as a result of that a while back. hagel took back the comments but also clearly something to be raised but i would have to say that in the end the people i talked to on both sides of the ail say it's a fight. the question i'm looking at is, will john mccain in the end vote "aye for his old friend and will democrats bail because of his questions about support for israel? >> well, and also that he's a republican. john, that brings me to you. it is not the first time we had cross-party secretaries. in fact, it happens all the time especially in defense, too. but why in particular do you thin
of defense towards the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization, terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel, he also was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. >> reporter: he has had some controversial views within his party. now, on the democratic side today, we have heard from illinois senator dick durbin who had some kinder words about hagel in "state of the union." let's listen to that. >> chuck hagel was a republican senator from nebraska, a decorated veteran of the vietnam war, a person who has a resume that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee. yes, he is a serious candidate, if the president chooses to name him. >> reporter: so we know the president is planning to name him tomorrow. you heard senator durbin say a serious candidate. he may be a serious candidate but certainly going to be
's no surprise -- and he's made some comments about israel and the israeli lobby group, apac, calling them the jewish lobby. that has angered a lot of jewish americans and israelis about that. it's no surprise that lindsey graham is making these tough comments that he made earlier today on state of the union. here's what he had to say. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice, and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> reporter: and we should also note that mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, the top republican here in the senate, made some softer comments on the other sunday talk shows. he was saying that chuck hagel will get some thorough vetting, will get tough kwequestions, bue was not talking about it in the same stark terms as senator graham. president obama is making this nomination with congress out of town, so there's also time for th
by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were poorly worded and he has apologized. are they confident they'll be able to push that nomination through and get a confirmation? >> reporter: talking to sources here, they feel pretty good about it. as you know, there are even democratic senators that have concerns. talking with sources at the white house, there is a sense that a number of things that chuck hagel will have to answer for in a confirmation process but there is a feeling here that he has good answers to the questions he will be asked and he may
sunday on the sunday shows concerned about his past views on key issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel, he was one of 12 senators that refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. >> chuck hagel's past statements and votes on iran and afghanistan are will go coming in fon congressional criticism. >> i am disappoint the president has nominated mr. hagel. i would urge the senate to oppose that. he came out against the surge the week i returned from iraq in 2006. the war couldn't be won. no one told us that when we were fighting it in 2006. he delayed emergency funding for the troops in 2007. even after the surge completed in 2008, he said it wasn't because of the troops addition. >> let's t
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committee in just about 30 minutes. he won't have an easy time of it. critics painted hagel as anti-israel, homophobic and way too weak on iran. there have been even anti-hagel ads paid for by anonymous donors. >> while president obama says all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear iran, hagel says military action is not a viable, feasible, responsible option. >> chris lawrence is at the pentagon and chris hagel was also accused of wanting to gut the defense department so what kind of day do you think is on tap for him? >> carol, it's likely to be a pretty rough one. with avenue got word from insiders haguele is going to testify that the militant group hezbollah is a terrorist organization and that military options are on the table for iran. it's not earth-shattering, except when you compare it to what he's already said. chuck hagel's past is about to come roaring back at him. >> good morning, guys, how are you. >> reporter: how he's voted, what he said. >> he has insisted that the israelis negotiate with hamas, a terrorist organization. >> reporter: so one of the first questio
in a region turned upside down by the arab spring. this is a major point, too. jordan is friendly to israel. it's not without its problems though. that does bring us to israel. election time there as well. voters across israel choosing to keep prime minister benjamin netanyahu on the job. only his coalition kept enough seats to just stay in power. lost seats though, many of them to religious parties to the far right and to a new party with a surprising popularity. here's cnn's atika shubert. >> reporter: who is j.r.lapite. after tuesday's election, he is also the newest, brightest star on the political scene. his party winning an astonishing 18 seats in parliament. an upset that makes him the most wanted partner in nicole ligs. >> translator: the state of israel is standing in front of uneasy challenges. they threaten to destroy the israeli middle class. it's facing the breakdown of social equality. there is only one way that we can face those challenges, together. >> reporter: what do lapid and his party stand for? >> together with you we can change the priorities in this country. >> repor
and israel, syria, other countries concerned, but on other unrelated issues including his position on gay rights back in 1990s. but the president said he's the right man to succeed leon panetta. how difficult of a decision was this for the president? >> reporter: i think speaking to what john king said before, i think part of the issue here was that chuck hagel certainly is someone that the president has familiarity with. and talking to sources here at the white house, wolf, for how much controversy there is around this nomination, this is something that those close to president obama feel good about, that they feel ultimately he will be able to clear the senate and this was something obviously that was out there for some time. and that this was a decision that the president came to perhaps not too difficultly. but i think something that struck me and we just heard what president obama said there, was that when he referenced that chuck hagel knows america stands strongest when it stands with allies, that seemed to be answering that criticism that some have had about his position on iran,
, colorado, uk or israel or russia is what we're looking for. >> just to put this in some perspective for you. that company, cisco, has nearly $40 billion parked overseas, not here in the u.s. and chambers is pretty clear telling me he's not going to be investing a lot of that money in the united states unless policy changes here. so, two very different arguments but the same goal and the same conversation here all week. job creation. and i think the consensus here is that people really want clarity from washington on taxes and on spending. they want to see a long term deal. miguel? >> thank you, poppy harlow. 40 billion bucks, a lot. >>> if you're still on a high from the golden globes, brace yourself. hollywood is set for another round of it. the 19th annual screen actor guild awards are tonight honoring the best actors and actresses in tv and film. nischelle turner has more. >> reporter: in the hollywood honors where oscar's granddaddy, you might call the sag awards a sassy teenager. >> the 19th annual screen actor guild awards. >> it's a big deal. film and tv mixing together. the recognit
in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet secretaries, in his second term. let's bring in author and presidential historian, douglas brinkley, professor of history, fellow at rice university and author of a thousand books, last i checked. thank you for being with us. as you just heard, the president wanted to be seen as tough, particularly as tough on terrorism, these two men seem to fit the bill. what's the issue about the president appointing just anybody he wants? why is this i going to be a tough battle for him? >> we're in a tough, political climate now. president obama's p
that he has said in the past about a gay individual, about israel, he still remains the top of the list, we're told, for that position. michelle flournoy, an undersecretary there also on the short list. treasury, you know, kenneth chenault, the ceo of american express, has been whispered about as a possibility there. yesterday, though, i spoke to a spokesman at american express who told me that kenneth chenault plans to continue at american express. so, you can essentially scratch him off the list. jack lew who is the current chief of staff at the white house, is on the list for that job. and then finally the cia, john brennan, the president's adviser for homeland security, is on the short list, michael morell who is the acting director of the cia also on the list. so, the president has some important key positions to fill, and, again, we expect that that could start rolling out as early as next week, ashleigh. >> okay, dan. i hope you get some sunshine while you're there at least a little bit. dan lothian live for us. >> reporter: i hope so, too. >> in hawaii. it's a good assignment, y
. now that he's somebody that barack obama likes there's an issue. anytime you make criticism of israel and the united states there will be problems. when you talk act cutting military spending there will be problems. but ultimately is that enough? you want to cause this kind of fight with the president? not right now with the debt ceiling and bigger issues looming. >> what do you think of jack lew? he's to replace tim geithner. seems that we're on the verge of a different kind of philosophy now. >> yeah. i think what's interesting is barack obama is getting to people who are closer to him. jack lew used to be chief of staff. obama's like, look, my first term i was getting all the people to make america happy. now i'm getting people to do what i want them to do. a lot of people didn't like how fiter in did the job so obama is putting his own thumb on this one. >> people said he's too much like the president or backing his policies. i thought isn't that why you pick people for your cabinet? >> exactly. that's what barack obama wants to do. he is now safe. he doesn't have to worry about r
and afghanistan and israel don't necessarily square with everybody on the committee. but we didn't expect the extent of the in your face interrogation from fellow senator, fellow vietnam vet john mccain. i need you to see this portion of the back and forth on the 2000 surge in iraq. have a listen. >> will you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or oh incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is were you right or wrong? that's a straightforward question. i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> e well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well, let the record reflect show you refused to answer the question. please go ahead. >> okay. the hearing continues. it's quieter but in the end senator hagel is expected to be confirmed. you can stay tuned for more drama out of the committee hearing room. who knew it could be so much fun? >>> here is a quest
but i'll have the congressman speak for himself. this is steve israel, congressman from new york. and the chairman of the democratic congressional campaign committee. why you've seen him a lot on cnn, in charge of electing democrats in the last cycle and this coming cycle as well. let's answer the question that deb just asked, which is, tell us what the vice president told you all. >> well, he was evangelical, converting a bunch of skeptics. i think he's persuaded our caucus that there are pieces of this deal that everybody can dislike. but going off this cliff is something that no one can accept. and while everybody would prefer improvements, nobody can get the deal that he got. and that the president got. so we're at a moment of truth. we have to get this done. and he let the caucus feeling that we need to get this done. >> reporter: now, again, you're talking about the democratic vice president talking to a group of democrats, happened to be evangelical talking to a group of skeptics. >> there were a few members who have concerns about pieces of this. as the vice president sai
have. those that have concerns. on his position on israel, on his position in the past on iran specifically opposing sanctions. and for some unfortunate remarks that he made with regard to the jewish lobby and also gay americans. on all of those, a pretty lengthy statement that senator schumer released, and he said that he went through in this 90 minute discussion with senator hagel and he feels that he has endorsed or at least supports now the president's position on iran and israel for example and he made apologies for comments he made on the jewish lobby and gays. and so this is very significant because senator schumer, with him he will probably bring some other members. but also if it went the other way, carol, if senator schumer, the number three democrat, were to say i'm not going to support him, it would effectively be over for chuck hagel. it was kind of hard to see that happening based on the relationship schumer has with the white house. he'll walk the president down to put his hand on the bible and take the second oath. but still this is a signature move that he's ma
. ambassador chris stevens and three others, americans, died in that benghazi attack. >>> now to israel where it is election day. this is going to sound familiar. a lot of people say the economy, of course, is the biggest concern. most polls show that benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister, scoring a third term win. but conservative likud party lose seats in the parliament. atika shubert watching it from washington. give us a sense, first of all, are people interested? are they passionate? showing up at the polls? >> reporter: they are showing up at the polls. we were at three different polling stations today, saw a good turnout. predicting high voter turnout this year, about an hour ago the official number was more than 55% of eligible voters had cast their vote. and that's more than 5% since the last election. and there is expected to be a late surge with about a half hour left to go before the polls close. so, people are coming out. the question is, who are they voting for? and it's important to remember that the last poll on friday said that 15% of voters were still undecided. so there's
secretary, chuck hagel. hagel's comments on israel, one issue, but a former colleague of hagel now says he has another problem, his temperament. >> i think there are a number of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them, i have certainly questions about a lot of things. >> hagel has been given a vote of approval from colin powell, a former secretary of state for secretary george w. bush. >>> there are reports that disgraced cyclist lance armstrong is considering confessing when he sits down with oprah winfrey today. this is armstrong's first interview since he was stripped of his seven tour de france wins. oprah's interview with lance armstrong will air thursday night on the winfrey network. >>> the flu season means big business for -- take a look at this map of the nation's current flu outbreak. some say the flew is so widespread because so many sick people cannot afford to stay home from work. i can certainly understand that. >> it works out to almost a third of the nation's washingers, they're -- full-time workers too, about 20% of full-time wor
appeared to be dimming amid criticism from pro-israel groups and gay organizations over past comments is still in the game. close friend, former senator max klee land tells cnn, quote, i understand his nomination is back on the table, and i believe very strongly he should be defense secretary. a strong endorsement that the president is not yet ready to make. recently on nbc's "meet the press" didn't count him out. >> my number one criteria is who does the best job in helping to secure america. >> anything disqualify him? >> not that i see. >> hagel supporters are concerned about the process of names being floated, exposed to harsh scrutiny before they're formally named. >> anyone with any record of involvement in controversial issues will always mobilize against the would be appointee, and the accusations are sometimes distortions. >> financial hagel michelle flour noi remains in the mix. when geithner plans to leave, one name floated american express ceo has no plans to leave the company a spokesman confirmed it to cnn. white house chief of staff jack lew is considered to be another
in which hagel said, quote, the jewish lobby has intimidated lawmakers on israel. schumer, who is jewish, says he will vote for hagel's confirmation after hagel clarified his remarks. >>> venezuela's vice president expected to deliver a state of the nation speech today. standing in for president hugo chavez who is still in cuba, recovering, continuing to get those cancer treatments. but a lot of venezuelans are just focused on finding everyday essentials, talking about eggs and flour, even toilet paper, very tough to come by, in many stores in venezuela right now. alejandra ora joins me. >> the central bank reported that the shortage increased at the fastest pace in the last three years after president chavez announced he was going to travel to cuba to get cancer treatment. however, it is important to emphasize that president chavez has yet to come back to venezuela after the treatment and has not been seen in public since december 9th. after his announcement, the prices have skyrocketed. i think it is about an increase of 5.7%, only in the month of december, and in 2012, it is 20.1%. >>
, political storm clouds ar gathering as iran, israel and eight arab countries hold crucial elections this year. >> in every one of them, a new form of right, far, far right is emerging as to change the balance of power. >> reporter: in his first term, barack obama said he was making the middle east peace process a priority, but middle east expert aaron david miller says don't get your hopes up for this term. >> the fact is if you -- if the administration tried to put mahmoud abbas and benjamin netanyahu down together, right now, or in february, at the negotiating table, the gaps between them are so large that they simply cannot be bridged and the u.s., yet again, will be revealed as an emperor without clothes. >> and when we come back, we'll talk to chris lawrence from the pentagon, get new information here about this hostage situation in algeria. this is this north african country where we're now hearing, confirmed by the state department, 40 hostages, being called an act of terror by leon panetta, the defense secretary. as many as seven of them could be americans. more breaking new
, the democrats want it. fourth, the republicans need it. >> joining me now is congressman steve israel of new york, chairman of the democratic congressional campaign committee. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> is menendez right? >> yes, he is right. and, look, we now have two of the three elms necessary to pass immigration reform. you've got a bipartisan group of senators, on the left and the right, who support immigration reform and will unveil their plan. you've got the president of the united states who will unveil his plan in las vegas tomorrow. now all we need are house republicans to come to the table and agree and compromise. the question is this. will those house republicans who have always pandered to their tea party base to tea party extremism and intolerance. once and for all stand up to the tea party and join republicans and democrats and the president in a solution to an immigration process that is broken and is dysfunctional. >> well, you know, we're asking that question of our viewers today. you know, when you mention the tea party and how much power it actually does st
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, former world leader is now showing signs of brain activity. ariel sharon became prime minister of israel back in 2001. he was a major player in the 2003 talks, called for a palestinian state, but then in 2006 he suffered a massive stroke and brain hemorrhage that put him in a vegetative state. well, today his doctors say that sharon appeared to respond to his son's voice and other items connected to his family. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here with me because i just -- i heard about this and thought seven years. first, be specific. when we say he responded, what specifically was he responding to and what might this mean? >> this is so interesting, i almost interrupted you. i'll give you two examples of things he responded to. so doctors showed him pictures of random houses, just houses he would never have known. and then they showed him a picture of his own house, and they saw brain activity that they didn't see in the same way with the random houses, and it was the kind of brain activity, brooke, you or i would register if we saw a picture of our own house, of someth
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